The fact that they just won't quit growing is the main reason we had to buy a bigger home. Two boys in one room, wasn't going to fly much longer.
I have always hoped for my kids to have a place of their own. Not a personal room but a gathering area. A place that was a "kid zone" or just a hang out. Invite friends over, pop popcorn, watch a movie, play games, rock out....whatever. A place that they wouldn't feel the need to leave. (I'm turning into one of those moms. Watch out or my helicopter's blades might take you out.)
Now that we have a basement, I feel I can finally give it to them. So the goal of that particular space is not necessarily a family zone, but a kid zone.
Lately I've been googly eyes over the PBTeen catalogs. I love the style these lounge areas have to offer....
This last one is my favorite. A fun, gender neutral activity room. And look at those floors! My unfinished, concrete slab basement is just waiting for me to come love it.